January 4, 2010
at Buffalo 30 , Indianapolis 7: "Hey, Dad, let's save up our money and go to the season finale! I've always wanted to see Peyton Manning play!" at Carolina 23, New Orleans 10: Saints have all the forward momentum of a guy on a Segway going uphill in a windstorm. at Cleveland 23, Jacksonville 17: Does winning your last four in a row really make a 5-11 finish palatable to Browns fans? Chicago 37, at Detroit 23: Lions are 2-30 over last two seasons, just two more wins than they'd have had if they fielded a team of 8-year-olds.
February 8, 2010
PASSING LEADERS Saints Brees...7-7, 48 yards, TD Colts Manning...14-21, 171 yards RECEIVING LEADERS Saints D. Thomas...1, 9 yards Colts Garcon...3, 44 yards RUSHING LEADERS Saints Bush...1, 12 yards Colts Addai...3, -2 yards Momentum: The Colts kept their first drive alive with a fourth-and-two conversion, but it all went downhill once Matt Stover missed the ensuing 51-yard field-goal try. The Saints followed with a 58-yard TD drive and two-point conversion.
January 18, 2010
Conference championships N.Y. JETS AT INDIANAPOLIS Sunday, noon PST, Channel 2 The Colts had a chance for a 16-0 regular season. But when they were 14-0 last month and playing host to the Jets, they pulled Peyton Manning in the third quarter and replaced him with untested rookie Curtis Painter. The Jets quickly erased a five-point deficit and won, 29-15, staying in the postseason picture with that victory. Now, New York wants to prove it can win again -- with or without Manning in the game.
December 28, 2009 |
The Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings each started the season with new quarterbacks and renewed Super Bowl hopes. The similarities end there. The NFC North rivals meet in Chicago tonight, with the Vikings headed for the postseason and the Bears heading back to the drawing board. Jay Cutler leads the NFL with 25 interceptions and his Bears have lost six of seven. Brett Favre has only seven interceptions -- easily on pace for his career low as a starter -- and the Vikings clinched their division a week ago. But that's not to say all is rosy in Minnesota.
November 26, 2009
Oakland (3-7) at Dallas (7-3) Time: 1 p.m. Television: Channel 2. Line: Cowboys by 13.5. Over/Under: 40.5. Story line: The good news for Oakland fans: The Raiders have beaten Dallas three consecutive times and have a 6-3 record against the Cowboys. The bad news? The last meeting was 2005. The teams are in very different positions now, with the Cowboys atop the NFC East (having won five of six) and the 3-7 Raiders at the bottom of the AFC West.
January 24, 2010 |
Reggie Bush is not an every-down running back for the New Orleans Saints. Question is, can he be an every-Sunday one? Seldom in his four-year NFL career has the former USC Heisman Trophy winner strung together productive performances in consecutive weeks. And the Saints, who are one win away from their first Super Bowl, would welcome a big game from him. "I try to be a difference-maker, especially in games like these," said Bush, whose team plays host to the Minnesota Vikings today in the NFC championship game.
December 14, 2009
Johnny U, meet Johnny U-turn. Arizona's Kurt Warner, the quarterback who has turned around two foundering franchises, is tied with the great Johnny Unitas for the most consecutive games with a passer rating of 120 or more (four) and can pass the late Hall of Famer tonight against San Francisco. That record would be nice, Warner says, but pales in comparison to the chance to clinch a second consecutive NFC West title and take the next step toward another Super Bowl run. The Cardinals (8-4)
January 11, 2010 |
Retirement rumors are swirling around Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner, who didn't help quash them when he spent an extra long time on the field after Sunday's victory over Green Bay. No matter what happens, it was the Cardinals' last home game of the season. "Everybody relax," Warner joked with reporters after being asked if that was something of a last hurrah. "That was my way of saying thanks to the fans because we're not coming back here this year. I appreciate them." Warner, 38, who has battled concussions, said he has not decided whether he will hang up his cleats after this season.
December 8, 2009
Escape causes Several NFL franchises have been mentioned as candidates for relocation. A look at the lease situations: SAN DIEGO: The Chargers could move more easily than any other team. Their lease runs through 2020, but they can terminate in any year between Feb. 1 and May 1 by writing a termination check to the city. The amount drops each year: $54,670,000 in 2010; $25,820,000 in 2011; $23,980,000 in 2012, and so on. The lease prohibits the city of San Diego from suing.